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Escaping Your Morals Being put in a life or death situation might be everybodys worst fear Youre having a nightmare that you are burning alive eighty stories up and youre only choice to ease the pain is to jump Or you are faced with a choice that you can do something against your morals or die Rarely do we experience these situations in real life its only something we can derive from television or pull out of a book Benjamin Jacobs lived his nightmare He lived our nightmare He was put in a life or death situation not for a day but for four years and two months Being put in a situation such as that one faces decisions things he or she could do to live or die Benjamin Jacobs is a Holocaust survivor He was placed in a concentration camp with his father and they were both sent to work In the concentration camps you either work or die and working was the medicine to cure immanent death During a roll call at Jacobs first concentration camp Steineck the SS officers asked for all doctors tailors and cooks to step forward Jacobs They did so but Jacobs with dentistry training was reluctant to step forward After his father urged him to do so he complied and was assigned to be the camp dentist The choice that Jacobs made there was to abandon his father To some this may sound terrible but when both Jacobs and his father knew that he would have a better chance to live through this hell being in a non-expendable position I think that his actions were justified Jacobs still had so much to live for whereas his father had lived his life As horrible as it sounds I can understand why Jacobs father urged him to go Its a parents instinct to put their children after themselves Even at that Jacobs had a hard time deciding whether or
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